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January 29, 2006



WELCOME HOME!!! I am so happy for your family to be together again! It must be wonderful to be in your own beds! I have been keeping up on your posts for a few months now, and I am just overwhelmed with happiness right now! It is good to hear that everything is looking good for Annika. Thanks for the update, I have been wondering, and worrying! Good luck at home!


Wow Moreena. I am crying tears of joy for Annika!!!! This is just such wonderful news. Prayers for Annika to regain her strengh, for you to regain your sanity, and for all of you to remain one big happy family. Here's to more laughing than crying!


Oh, thank God, Moreena!! I'm so glad Annika is better and that you are all going home!


Moreena! I have been checking your blog daily for an update; this is the most wonderful post to read. You are so eloquent; thank you for sharing. Many days of strength and recovery to Anni - looking forward to reading up on all that joy!


Truly an answered prayer! Welcome back! What a journey. I can't wait to read upcoming posts!

Sheryl, Justice's mom

Oh Moreena. Praise God you guys are home. And NO more varicies. I have goosebumps and tears everywhere! We will be praying for a stronger, healthier Anni in the days to come and that you are enjoying your reunion at home. Continued thoughts and prayers for little Matthew's family as well.


It's so good to hear such fantastic news! What a journey the lot of you have endured. I pray for increasing strength for Annika ... We are so glad she's doing so well!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!


Oh, I've been waiting for this post! I was getting so worried! I'm so happy for all of you, and I just know that Anni will thrive once again and work her way back to her old self when she's in her own space. Good luck, and thanks for sharing the news. You do everything with such grace, Moreena. Norah


Welcome home! I'm so very, very glad that you are home.I've never prayed so much for anyone in my life, and I'll keep praying -- for Annika to stay healthy, for you all to be together.


Moreena, that is fantastic news. I will look forward to years of boring posts about the color you paint the kids' bedside table. And of course, because it's you, there won't be a single boring word.Love to you and your family.xo Catherine

kristy and ashlee

WELCOME HOME!!! What a beautiful post! You have such a way with words! ENJOT your time at home, and we will pray Annika is back on her feet really soon!

Phantom Scribbler

Oh, Moreena! I'm so happy for you and your family! So happy. Thank you for updating us.

Tammy & Janna

What GREAT news! I am so glad to hear that you are home and her shunt is working! Our prayers are with all of you that Annika continues to improve and you stay HOME!!


I'm so, so glad the varices are gone and that you are home.



Beanie Baby

YAY MOREENA! Yay Annika! Yay Frankie and JOrg! How wonderful!Of course, now I need your home address b/c I didn't get to the post office with my gifty. Can you email it to me?

Robyn, Emma's mom

So happy for you guys!


I am THRILLED to learn you are back home - FINALLY!!!! And so very, very thankful to hear that the varices look so much better. YAY!!! (Doing the happy dance here!)Tina


YIPEEE!!!! Awesome news! just think in a few more months she will be out there planting flowers with you in the warm sunshine.(didn't she drown them on you,LOL)Prayers continue for you all!

Lisa (Aiden's mom)

I don't know what to say. I am just crying happy tears. I thank you so much for letting us walk this road with you.OH PRAISE GOD ... no more varicies. No more. The horror of what you have seen, I pray it be over. Love to you.

Becca, Jason and Natalie Ketter

Praise God...what a wonderful post, even with all the yappy :) dog parts!!!I hate that long walk between Kohl's and Osco. Hate it. But I also hated that long walk in the halls of the 2nd floor. But the odd thing is, and maybe I should write a post on this, is when I told Jason that you all would be celebrating Christmas with Michelle in Kohl's house, a part of us, tiny as it was, missed that place, the kitchen, the families, the understanding...Big squeezy hugs from us for your girls.

Kim, mom to Sami and Kyle

Welcome Home - Home sweet Home that is! I am so, so, so glad to hear you escaped the Hospital and Annika is on the mend! I will keep her in my prayers for her continued and speedy recovery. I am looking forward to hearing about your fiesty little girl - back in action! Take care and take a deep breath and enjoy those girls!


I'm doing the Happy Happy Joy Joy Dance knowing that you're home!


I crying with happiness in my office!Oh hurray hurray hurray!I hope the return to the hospital is NEVER coming and that Anni makes a full recovery faster than we could have dreamed. Welcome home!


what a relief to hear such good news from you! welcome home to all four of you!!

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Falling Down, November 2004

  • Balloon in hand, my 4-year-old
    twirled across the kitchen floor,
    singing nonsense words
    in her own key.
    "It's my gift!" she declared
    to the world at large, which
    was really only me,
    sitting at the table. Enough
    twirling, and she lost
    her balance, tumbling
    to the floor in a theatrical
    slapstick of elbows and knees.

    She lay on her back
    for a few seconds,
    at the textured ceiling
    with the mysterious
    spaghetti sauce stain.
    Suddenly she
    flapping her arms and legs
    there on the floor, as if to swish
    the imaginary snow
    into a snow angel.

    "Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

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